In his recent National Press Club conversation with Laura Tingle, Paul Keating observed that Australia is still finding its way in Asia. If Australia is going to find its way in its region of consequence, peacefully and prosperously, it is imperative that Asian studies curricula in schools and universities should…

It’s time for Australia to begin planning a new foreign policy future that anticipates the decline of the USA as a great power. This will require developing an innovative multilateral and multi-tiered diplomacy aligning Australia with like-minded states with similar interests, and initiating a sound working relationship with China.

After…

First posted on Pearls & Irritations, 20/09/2021:

https://johnmenadue.com/history-is-repeating-itself-billy-hughes-on-japan-and-now-scott-morrison-on-china/

In international politics, history has an unfortunate habit of repeating itself when political leaders are ignorant of its lessons. In today’s Australia, our political leaders are obviously uneducated about important lessons that the history of Australia’s foreign and defence policies could teach…

Of course, Scott Morrison’s personal religion is entirely his own business. However, given recent public statements about his beliefs, by himself and in the media, it is legitimate to ask about pentecostalism in Australia and its relationship, if any, to politics and politicians.

Two odd bedfellows in contemporary politics are…

Allan Patience

Principal Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne.

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